2015 Nissan Sentra Named IIHS Top Safety Pick


Structural improvements were among the changes that helped the 2015 Nissan Sentra earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick award.

Related: 2015 Nissan Sentra: What’s Changed

Nissan modified the compact car's front structure, A-pillar and doorsill, allowing the Sentra to earn the top score of good in the small overlap frontal crash test, which replicates a car's front corner hitting a another vehicle or tree. The 2013-14 Sentra received the lowest score of poor in that crash test. The 2015 Sentra also has a longer side curtain airbag to better protect the driver's head in a crash.

In addition to the good score in the small overlap test, the 2015 Sentra also earned the top score in front moderate overlap, side-impact, roof-strength and head restraints and seats crash tests. To earn a Top Safety Pick award, a car must receive the top score of good in those four tests and a good or acceptable rating in the small overlap test.

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By Jennifer Newman | February 26, 2015 | Comments (3)

Recall Alert: 53,000 Nissan SUVs, Sedans and Infiniti Crossovers, Sedans


Vehicles Affected: Nearly 53,000 model-year 2003-04 Nissan Pathfinder SUVs, 2004-06 Sentra sedans, 2003-05 Infiniti FX35 and FX45 luxury crossovers, 2003-04 I35 luxury sedans, and 2006 M35 and M45 luxury sport sedans, all originally sold or currently registered in areas with high absolute humidity, including Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, Florida and adjacent counties in southern Georgia, as well as coastal areas of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas

The Problem: Upon deployment of the passenger-side frontal airbag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture. In a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger-side frontal airbag, a rupture could propel metal fragments, striking and seriously injuring occupants. This action is part of the massive ongoing Takata airbag recall that so far has affected nearly 7.8 million vehicles from 10 automakers.

The Fix: Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger-side airbag inflator for free. The automaker has not yet provided a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Nissan at 800-647-7261, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | November 7, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 226,000 Nissan, Infiniti Sedans and SUVs


Vehicles Affected: More than 226,000 model-year 2002-03 Nissan Maxima sedans and Pathfinder SUVs, and Infiniti I35 sedans and QX4 SUVs, as well as 2002-04 Nissan Sentra sedans and 2003 Infiniti FX crossovers

The Problem: A defect in the passenger-side front airbag could produce excessive internal pressure causing the inflator to rupture upon deployment; this could result in metal fragments striking and seriously injuring occupants. This expansion of an earlier action involving a massive recall of vehicles from multiple automakers using airbags manufactured by Japan's Takata Corp. addresses both the passenger-side front airbags that were originally installed in the vehicles, as well as replacement airbags that may have been installed as replacement service parts. For example, a replacement airbag may have been installed if a vehicle had been in a crash necessitating the replacement of the passenger-side front airbag.

The Fix: Nissan will begin notifying owners Aug. 11, and dealers will replace airbags on all vehicles in which defective airbags may have been installed either as original equipment or as a replacement; repairs will be made for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Nissan at 800-647-7261 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov, for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

What's the Most Affordable Car in 2014?


Shoppers may face legitimate sticker shock when they're shopping for a new car. TV and radio advertisements may lead them to believe that new cars all get at least 35 mpg for less than $15,000, but the price of entry for even a modestly equipped new car is well above that.

Related: What's the Most Affordable Compact SUV for 2014?

That's why we've taken the cars with the lowest sticker prices and added a dose of reality. A vast majority of buyers never consider buying a car with a manual transmission (often the standard equipment on inexpensive new cars), so right out of the gate the car they're shopping for costs significantly more than they thought it would. Opting for an automatic transmission can cost $1,000 or more.

By David Thomas | July 21, 2014 | Comments (8)

2015 Nissan Sentra: What's Changed


Most significant changes: Bluetooth and USB port standard on all models

Price change: TBA

On sale: December

Which you should buy, 2014 or 2015? 2014

The Sentra compact sedan was redesigned for 2013, and sales have taken off this year. All 2015 models will add standard equipment as Nissan follows an industry trend of packing more features into smaller cars. Bluetooth and USB are now standard on all Sentras.

By Rick Popely | July 10, 2014 | Comments (4)

2013 Honda Civic Versus its Competitors


Before Cars.com's $20,000 Compact Sedan Challenge in November 2013, we took a detailed look at how our long-term 2013 Honda Civic stacked up individually against the 2013 Nissan Sentra, 2013 Toyota Corolla (before the 2014 redesign) and 2014 Kia Forte.

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For 2013, the Civic gained notable improvements after a half-hearted 2012 redesign. Our yearlong goal with the Civic was to assess those changes against other compact sedans that entered our rotating fleet of manufacturer-provided test cars. Below, see how well the updated Civic performed head-to-head against three of those competitors in the following categories: cabin quality, noise, handling, acceleration, braking, ride, gas mileage, seats and roominess, and multimedia usability.

By Joe Bruzek | March 4, 2014 | Comments (8)

Nissan Sentra NISMO Concept at the 2013 L.A. Auto Show


Looks like: Nissan says the look is "more sophisticated and confident than 'in-your-face' boy racer."
Defining characteristics: Amped up body and NISMO trim and badges
Ridiculous features: This Sentra is capable of 240 hp
Chance of being mass-produced: Undetermined, but Nissan's given the NISMO treatment to several vehicles, and it doesn't look like Sentra is out of the question.  

Usually NISMO spells cool for Nissan, but it'll take a lot to convince us that the latest car to get the automaker's motorsports treatment passes muster. Nissan unveiled the Sentra NISMO concept at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, just a couple days after introducing a NISMO vehicle at the opposite end of the spectrum, the GT-R NISMO.

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Based on the brand's less than impressive compact car, the Sentra NISMO's specs inspire some confidence. The Sentra NISMO rides on a sport-tuned suspension and 19-inch aluminium-alloy wheels with red-painted Brembo-brand brake calipers. Under the hood is the Juke NISMO's turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder; it makes 240 horsepower in this application, a definite step up from the production Sentra's anemic 130-hp, 1.8-liter four cylinder. A six-speed manual is the sole transmission.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 20, 2013 | Comments (1)

2013 Nissan Sentra Photo Gallery

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By David Thomas | November 10, 2013 | Comments (0)

2013 Nissan Sentra: Family Checklist


Small sedans seem like they should be a good fit for my family because both my kids are out of child-safety seats, but I've just exchanged car seats for gangly limbs.

In the land of long legs and personal space, rear legroom for the kids is paramount, which is where the 2013 Nissan Sentra treated us right. However, this compact sedan's engine noise drove my whole family a bit crazy.

My test car, a Sentra SL, had a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that's paired to a continuously variable automatic transmission, and it made so much noise that my whole family complained about it whenever we went anywhere — not that we could hear each other. The CVT and its loud whine was the source of the noise. Conversation would cease, and if music was desired, the stereo would need to be turned up pretty loud.

By Sara Lacey | September 6, 2013 | Comments (2)

Honda Accord, Civic Remain Top Targets for Thieves


If you own a Honda Accord or Civic, or a full-size Ford pickup truck, you might want to take a moment to make sure your auto-insurance payments are up to date. You drive one of the top three most-stolen vehicles in the U.S. That's according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau's just-released "Hot Wheels" list, which examines annual vehicle-theft data submitted by law-enforcement agencies across the country to the National Crime Information Center to determine the makes and models most-frequently reported stolen during the previous year.

As in past years, Honda Accords and Civics by far were the most-stolen vehicles in 2012, totaling 58,596 and 47,037, respectively, with full-size Ford pickups coming in a distant third with 26,770 thefts. Older Accords and Civics eclipsed newer Hondas in theft frequency, which NICB attributes to improved anti-theft technology. Most of the makes and models return from the previous list; the only newcomers were the Nissan Altima (No. 9) and Nissan Maxima (No. 10), knocking the Ford Explorer and Nissan Sentra off this year's roster.

By Matt Schmitz | August 20, 2013 | Comments (4)

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